Young Lions Update

Kasey Aldridge, Lewis Goldsworthy, and Will Smeed from the Somerset Academy plus Tom Lammonby, who is on the playing staff, are currently out in India as part of the England Young Lions squad.

Earlier this week we caught up with SCCC Academy Director Steve Snell, who is with that squad as fielding coach in order to get an update on the player’s progress.

“The focus of this Development Camp is primarily to enhance the skills level of the players against spin,” he said. “It also provides the opportunity for them to play and learn in the extreme conditions on the sub continent.”

During their time out in Bangalore the squad will be playing two one-day matches and one three-day game.

“So far we have played one match,” said Steve. “Will Smeed played very nicely and scored 79 off 50 balls, which was awesome. He went in at number three in the match and he really showed his exciting ball striking capabilities.”

Regarding the other three Somerset players, Steve said: “Lewis Goldsworthy missed the first game with a slight hamstring niggle but he is recovering nicely. Kasey Aldridge only bowled a couple of overs before he took a blow to the hand, but he is on the mend and it’s nothing to worry about. Tom Lammonby was rested for the first game but will be playing in the second one-dayer.

“During their time here the players have been experiencing spinning conditions, scenario based middle practices and facing high quality local bowlers. All in all the boys have acquitted themselves really well and showed that they are growing and learning with each session and opportunity they get. I’m really pleased with the way that things have gone.”

Steve added: “It’s brilliant to be out here in Bangalore with the boys and watching how they are all improving in this environment. They are all relishing the experience and clearly making significant improvements to their individual skills.”

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